Social media was flooded with tributes after news of Nicholas Shehadie's death.
Figures from rugby, politics and the wider Australian sporting landscape all took time to pay their respects to a man who was a Wallabies great, but also left a major mark on Sydney, especially.
Shehadie, 91, passed away on Sunday night surrounded by his family.
Sad day for Australia with the passing of one of the greatest wallabies to play the game in Sir Nicholas Shehadie.. my condolences to Mick & the family ♥️— Quade Cooper (@QuadeCooper) February 12, 2018
RIP Sir Nicholas Shehadie, Wallaby #352. A great Australian. A Rugby legacy that will live forever. #legend— Raelene Castle (@raelenecastle) February 12, 2018
The Australian Olympic Committee acknowledges the great contribution made to Australian sport and the community by the late Sir Nicholas Shehadie.— AUS Olympic Team (@AUSOlympicTeam) February 12, 2018
The former Wallaby captain was a giant in sport and a giant in his many roles beyond sport.
Sad indeed to hear the passing of World Rugby’s close friend,Sir Nicholas Shehadie. An all-time great Wallaby prop forward in the 50s and a visionary administrator. He was one of the driving founders of Rugby World Cup. Our thoughts are with the Shehadie family.— Brett Gosper (@brettgosper) February 12, 2018
Vale Sir Nicholas Shehadie, great Wallaby, businessman, former Lord Mayor of Sydney, architect of first Rugby World Cup, husband of Dame Marie Bashir and patriarch of wonderful family. Passed away overnight, aged 92.— Peter FitzSimons (@Peter_Fitz) February 12, 2018
A great Australian.
Vale Sir Nicholas Shehadie. Genuine @GallopingGreens and @qantaswallabies legend and great Australian. Insightful, gregarious, supportive man for the generations of Wicks players that followed him. Wrote his own epitaph. ‘A life worth living’.— Morgan Turinui (@MorganTurinui) February 11, 2018
"A great figure in Australian rugby, a friend of New Zealand rugby and one of the drivers towards the establishment of the Rugby World Cup." Rest In Peace Sir Nicholas Shehadie. READ 📱👉 https://t.co/81DCFyYYBU pic.twitter.com/2SflEM6Qrx— New Zealand Rugby (@NZRugby) February 12, 2018
RIP Sir Nicholas Shehadie... @qantaswallabies great and former #SBS chairman... when I was at SBS, he gave some great speeches to the troops... Les Murray told me (over a wine).. “he doesn’t know much about football... but he’s a believer. We need more like him.” @Socceroos— Craig Norenbergs (@CraigNorenbergs) February 12, 2018
On behalf of the entire rugby league community we send our condolences on the passing of Sir Nicholas Shehadie. A truly great Australian, a sporting icon & a fantastic bloke. RIP Sir Nick.— Todd Greenberg (@Todd_Greenberg) February 12, 2018